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“It looked popular, but that is misleading”
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Ossena
Ranked #6,886 of 9,465 Restaurants in Berlin
Cuisines: Italian
Neighborhood: Kreuzberg
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Neighborhood: Kreuzberg
Reviewed November 9, 2009

This is a restaurant that thrives on one time visits. With so many good places to eat in Berlin, don't contribute to the false credibility of this place. Located on a main corner of a popular higher end shopping area, it is listed in tour books such as Fodors. While it might look like locals in the place, it is a very high population of tourists... wrongly influenced.

The food was barely passable. My wife had a salad (which was good) and putanesca. I had watery but ordinary minestrone followed by tasteless gnocchi in a tomato sauce. All of that plus a half litre of wine for 44 euros. As we finished, and asked for the bill, the waiter stated three times that the check "did not have tip". Not to fault him too much, as he did provide decent service, but that is just inappropriate. They do rely on tourists and they don't care what you think. They know you aren't coming back and there are plenty like us coming in the door.

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Reviewed October 22, 2009

Having noticed that half the neighbourhood was queuing up to dine at Ossena we felt lucky to get a table. We got a nice welcome from the Maitre d and it all went downhill from there. It was obvious that tourists were simply people to be fleeced. Having eaten our pretty average food, upon paying the bill (we paid the exact amount and I was in the process of counting out some cash for a tip to leave behind on the table) the waiter very rudely threw the receipt back at my mother and said 'service not included'. He stormed off and came back 2 minutes later and put his hand out for the tip!
We didn't go back.

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Reviewed March 24, 2009

After a busy day at the exhibition we were looking forward to a relaxing meal and chose Ossena in the famous market area. Oscena - the Italian for obscene - would have been a better name! Slow service, indifferent food and a waiter who liked to throw things around don't make for a good time. Everyone in the place was complaining but got short shrift from the manager - because as he pointed out there will always be other visitor to the city to take our place. So that's alright then .....

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